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Good-Bye to Good Ol' Charlie

Good-Bye to Good Ol' Charlie

by P. J. Petersen

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up In this splendidly funny, fast-paced story, teen narrator ``Good Ol' Charlie'' explains how, as the son of a child-actor who often appeared in reruns on TV, he grew up thinking that life and the movies were the same and that he was ``stuck in a minor role'' as ``everybody's pal.'' Charlie decides that being so dependable can also set a person up to be a ``patsy.'' Fortunately, a move to northern California gives him a chance to change his ``image'' by becoming mysterious Chet, poetic Chad, cowboy Chuck, and cool Chip from the Sunset Strip. In one or more of these guises, Charlie has encounters with Byron the Bizarre, town bully Nick Streeter, Paula McCracken, and other off-beat characters as he attempts to meet girls. Charlie, Byron, and Paula are especially well-drawn characters, and Peterson sustains an appropriate up-beat level of humor throughout. Young readers will enjoy this book as they and Charlie are reminded that people should just be themselves. David A. Lindsey, Lakewood Junior/Senior High School, Wash.

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